Do Fairy-wrens Cheat?
Are wrens raunchy?
Fairy-wrens were once assumed to form monogamous pairs to raise a family. While male and female pairs do form close social bonds to raise ‘their’ chicks, recent DNA research shows that the majority of chicks raised are actually not the offspring of the apparent ‘father’ raising them! We now know that fairy-wrens are in fact highly sexually promiscuous.
Different subspecies of the Variegated Fairy-wren can be found across Australia including in the Great Sandy Desert, home to the Martu people and the great conservation work they do to manage their country for the preservation of their culture and protection of their wildlife.